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Safe for cats to drink from the aquarium?

This sounds like undesirable behaviour to me. Here are the main problems in my mind: The cat could fall into the tank, damage the terrapin or tank, splash water on an electrical appliance, etc. ...
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Safe for cats to drink from the aquarium?

The cat might also like the taste of the water. Some animals are quite the connoisseurs. My dog prefers to drink "old" water from a big basin standing outside, one cat enjoys licking up the ...
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Safe for cats to drink from the aquarium?

They sell fountains for cats. Basically, it's a water bowl (or basin) for the cat to drink from. The bowl is hooked up to a circulating system that keeps the water flowing. This is why your cat is ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

It is very hard to get a small tank to be in biological balance and to keep the water quality good, so I suggest you use this tank only for treating your fish with medication. This can be helpful if ...
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Best way to adjust fish tank water chemistry

Firstly, I'll go for my old refrain "consistency is key". It's better to have consistent water parameters than changing them continually to 'chase the perfect conditions'. Firstly, your nitrite ...
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What are normal pH fluctuations, and what could be causing extreme fluctuations?

The pH should not change more than 0,2 during 24 hours. If it is more, it can stress your fish. The goal is to have a neutral pH of 7,0 for most fish, but this is very dependent on the type of fish ...
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Will neon tetras eat ghost shrimp babies?

Neon tetras will indeed eat baby shrimp. So they can be used for population control. But keep in mind that you do have to try to keep some of the babies alive. Otherwise you might end up without any ...
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Why do my Glofish Skirt tetras stay on surface after 30% water change?

When fish goes to the surface of the water there is some thing wrong, like the lack of oxygen or the presence of poisonous substances in the water. The water test you are using is not reliable and it ...
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What the best way to get water up to temperature for a water change?

One way to do this is to get an extra aquarium heater and a large container. Set the heater to the same temperature as your tank and let the water slowly heat up overnight. By doing it this way, you ...
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Are there any species of turtles that won't eat fish?

It will be difficult but not impossible to find a turtle which fits your needs. There are some main factors you need to focus on: temperature and water quality. The temperature will be important for ...
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Can't reduce my nitrite/nitrate levels, any help appreciated!

The first thing you need to do is to add some aquarium salt, this is done to counteract the effect of the nitrite on your fish' gills. The aquarium salt concentration to use is 0,3%. Do water changes ...
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Aquarium water becomes overly acidic very quickly

If you're experiencing sudden drops in PH after a water change, run an experiment by filling a bucket with tap water. Test the PH immediately after filling and then again the next 24 and 48 hours. If ...
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What, exactly, is "ich"?

Spidercat outlined some good points, since the Ichthyophthirius multifiliis parasite is a very popular issue in aquariums i feel like adding my personal experiences as well. Causes for an outbreak: ...
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Cooling a goldfish tank during summer

Ice cubes are a good solution. I live in India where the temperatures go above 40 degrees Celsius for about 4 months of the year. Ice Cubes are what keep my fish alive. During these months my fishes ...
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Why is there no such thing as a "Saltwater Dip"?

The reason for not giving freshwater fish a salt water dip is this: the salt water is dangerous on a cellular level for the fish due to the change of the osmotic pressure in the cells. Here is the ...
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How to get cristal clear water in an aquarium?

Good mechanical filtration is the primary method. This can be accomplished using a number of methods. In freshwater, a canister or hang on back filter running filter floss or another media that (...
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Sea Monkeys air pump

You should be able to use any aquarium air pump, but most likely you will want a very small one. There's a number of online pet stores or your local big box or smaller local fish stores will carry ...
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How many ghost shrimp can I put in a 20g tank with 7 neon tetras?

I don't have any experience with ghost shrimp, but I do have cherry shrimps. And it seems like they are pretty much alike in behaviour, size, care taking, ... Shrimp are a lot different than fish, ...
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Species identification: fizzing plants

There is an aquatic plant called Ludwiga inclinada or curly tornado, that matches your description. I added a pic, although it may not be what you're remembering. I was originally thinking it was a ...
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How and what to feed my Betta community tank?

You're going to have trouble finding a single food you can just drop in and everyone will have the opportunity to eat. This is not because all of the fish won't eat the same food but because of their ...
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How to efficiently catch my own fish?

IMO, a clear acrylic fish trap is the least stressful method. If done correctly, fish often have no clue they're being trapped at all. It's not always possible to catch everything because some fish ...
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Almond leaves vs banana leaves in an aquarium?

There doesn't appear to be much of a difference There seems to be a few reasons you'd want these leaves in your aquarium: Lower the pH of your aquarium water Releasing tannins into your water to get ...
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I think my Betta has dropsy but I'm not sure?

I know this is a few months old but I did want to chime in on a few things :) Dropsy can look like a very bloated stomach, it is not always pine-cone'd scales which are commonly referred to as ...
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How many pets can I keep in an aquarium?

You are close to the max number of fish as it is now so you should not add any more fish to your aquarium. Here is a link to how many fish you can have http://www.howmanyfish.com/ and please read all ...
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Plants for dirty/algae ridden goldfish aquarium

Underwater plants in the Elodea genus do grow fast and absorb lots of nutrients. They are good oxgenating plants that absorb CO2 and this is positive for your fish. Goldfish will probably eat some of ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

In a 3 gallon tank you can't keep much in the way of fish. Some people accept the idea of keeping a single betta in such small space, and while they can survive in extremely limited space, it is not ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

No fish should be in a 3 gallons aquarium. Please at all cost, do not put a betta in there. Neons, guppies and other fishes that have been (suprisingly) suggested in other answers can not live in 3 ...
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When should I use bleach to fix the issues in my fish tank?

Never.* * Okay, not never but almost never and here's why: It sounds like there's a few things going on in your tank. The first, and the most important to address in my opinion, is the ammonia. Even ...
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Why did my betta’s fins grow back curly?

It looks quite good to me. From your description it sounds like your beautiful betta is healthy and the progression from February shows improvements, so it means he lives a healthy life. I had a ...
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If the water quality is already perfect, do I need to wait any longer?

You definitely need to wait until you have cycled the tank properly, this means waiting until you have first measured non-zero amount of ammonia present in the tank. When ammonia is present you need ...
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